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It is not Keyword text, does Google skip this stuff or pay it attention as it is the very top of the page content.?
I mean should I get rid of it and add some light keywords first?
[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 3:43 pm (utc) on Aug. 29, 2008]
[edited by: tedster at 5:49 am (utc) on Sep. 7, 2008]
The tricky part, I would think, would be assessing what parts of templated content are important, and how important, and what parts aren't.
This WebmasterWorld discussion on source ordered content may have some bearing on your thoughts...
When I can, I try to move big blocks of content, at least, down below my main content, albeit I've not seen big changes from shifting nav menus. I would always strain, though, to shift big blocks of unrelated text like form input code.
Snippet management is another reason for shifting text.
I do believe they can largely distinguishe between 'template stuff' and unique page content - they need to for the duplicate content stuff.
And let's face it, how hard can it be - for Google - matching the pages within a site and recognising common features? :)